More than Bauhaus. German photography between the wars and Polish parallels

More than Bauhaus. German photography between the wars and Polish parallels

January 26 - April 25, 2021
Curators: Lothar Altringer, Jens Bove, Adelheid Komenda, Sebastian Lux, Natalia Żak


In the interwar period, photography became, apart from film, an important element of the broadly understood visual culture. At that time, Germany grew into a photographic power - artists from all over Europe began to attract to the Weimar Republic. The names of such artists as Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Eisenstaedt, August Sander and many others fill the pages of studies devoted to the history of photography, and their works are widely recognized, not only among amateurs of this medium.

The planned exhibition will not only be an opportunity to trace the pioneering achievements of German photography, but also an attempt to present the culture, customs and history of the Weimar Republic. The beginnings of a new state, the atmosphere of the golden twenties or the experience of the economic crisis are just some of the emerging threads. An important point of reference will be the social and moral portrait of the era, reflected in the lifestyle, ways of spending free time, popularity of new sports and fashion. Modernity, progress, technology - these are the slogans that found fertile ground and electrified the inhabitants of Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Tallinn.

The exhibition will also be an opportunity to look closely at formal experiments under the sign of the Bauhaus or New Objectivity. The German experience resonated widely beyond the borders of the new republic, finding its reflection throughout Europe. Therefore, the exhibition will be complemented by Polish photography of that period, which, when juxtaposed with works from Germany, will provoke a discussion about the differences and similarities related both to the search for a new language of photography and the political and social experience of those years.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, F.C. Gundlach Hamburg Foundation, Deutsche Fotothek Dresden. Polish works come from selected private collections and museum institutions.

Landschaftsverband Rheinland is the partner of the International Cultural Center.
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